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Correlational findings

Study Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2000 /1

Public:
17+ aged, general public, Germany, followed 7 years 2000-2006
Survey name:
DE-SOEP 2000-2006
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 22000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Neighborhood status
Our Classification
Operationalization
9 item index involving:
a: average occupation level
b: rate of self-employment
c: average purchasing power
d: registered cars
other 5 items not reported

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.04 p < .01 LEVEL of local socio-economic status by LEVEL of happiness in 2004
- in West Germany.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.05 p < .05 - in East Germany.

b's controlled for:
- other neighborhood characteristics
  - living conditions
  - social comparison
  - visits to/from neighbors
  - close contacts with neighbors
  - urbanization
  - rate of removals
- personal characteristics
  - gender
  - non-German nationality
  - age
  - age squared
  - income
  - education
  - marital status
  - health (subj.)

b's unaffected by additional control for personality traits.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.03 p < .01 CHANGE in local socio-economic status by CHANGE in happiness 2000-2006

- in West Germany
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.03 p < .01 - in East Germany

b's controled for:
- Other neighbourhood characteristics
  - removal rate
  - city size
- personal characteristics
  - age
  - income
  - education (years)
  - marital status
  - health (subjective)
- relative status in neigbourhood
- year (wave in panel)